I Want One

Having been perusing the internet in search of any and all information related to home gardening, I’ve come across a few individuals (gardeners, artists, small-space livers, and otherwise) who seem pretty into terrarium growing. I think it’s kind of neat. A tiny little eco-system, housed in a jar. I’d love to have one of my own, but unfortunately the small space we live in is not welcoming to things that shouldn’t be knocked over. And (in contrast) we have a pretty substantial garden already. I researched it anyway and came across a bunch of information on growing a terrarium. After cross-referencing about twelve different sources, I’ve compiled my own set of instructions:

1  Choose a container – almost anything. It can be open- or closed-topped, glass or plastic, whatever you’d like. Personally, I prefer the look of an open-topped glass container.

2  Line the bottom of the container with a layer of small pebbles or sand to allow for proper drainage.

2.5  If you’re using a closed-topped container, add a layer of activated charcoal on top of the pebbles to help filter the air in the container. If you’re using an open-topped container, you can skip this step.

3 Add a layer of Spaghnum (I have no idea how to pronounce this word) Moss. This will allow excess water to drain from the soil while preventing the soil itself from sifting down into the pebbles. Screen or mesh can be used as an alternative, but will rust and/or break down and have to be replaced eventually.

4 Add plain old potting soil. There’s no need to use a special blend unless the plants that you’ve chosen require a specific type of soil in order to grow.

5 Arrange your plants in your terrarium however you want. If it doesn’t look quite how you want it, things can be moved around – just be gentle.

Your terrarium is now ready!


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